“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
The saying “nature is a force to be reckoned with” is not born out of ignorance.
It is a fully informed statement. Nature is beautiful and giving at the same time. When we take the time to appreciate just how beautiful the world around us is, we are able to see measures of the same beauty within ourselves and through activities that we do, such as gardening.
There is no substitute for spending quality time with nature because then you miss out on its wisdom and breath of fresh air. Spending a lot of time in the urban world and going through the hustle and bustle without any reprieve will up our stress levels. A walk in the park or just sitting or working in the garden is very relaxing and clears the head of accumulated urban debris.
Stress leaves us feeling as though everything is bland; even the most beautiful hibiscus flower loses its appeal.
Nature can bring a lot of beauty into our lives.
It has this unequaled hold on affecting our moods with its own mood swings. It is responsible for the sun and the rain, the white milky clouds; all subject on its mood.
However, the beauty of nature is not all it has to offer. To a large extent, nature plays a huge role in our fundamental well being. We depend on a healthy natural environment to function, to develop and grow our wealth, to be healthy. Nature is fundamental to our economy and social structures.
It is important to remember that human beings are part of the natural world; indeed we are just one species amongst millions, we have evolved to be a part of nature.
So why the aloofness? We cannot be apart from nature!
We are like gardens, more than we know
How does garden come into the mix with people and nature?
The garden is the meeting place with Nature. But you can only meet nature at it’s finest if you have a sincere and loving relationship with your garden. As a gardener, you may quarrel with your friends and family, but never with your garden.
For gardeners who are in love with nature, the garden becomes a retreat, a refuge, a shelter from the sometimes overwhelming bustle of everyday life.
Just the way humans help and come to each other’s rescue, plants do exactly the same thing.
A very good example is marigolds. Marigolds are beautiful, the shock of yellow, copper and orange will always bring an appreciative smile to your face.
But gardeners who have a true relationship with nature go further than just the beauty of marigold, it has been used for decades for many reasons.
Their aroma can help repel deer (as does lavender) and certain insects!
Herbs such as sage, basil, rosemary, and horseradish are natural insect repellent. Plants do not just repel, they are able to call on other beautiful species of nature. Sunflowers, daisies and familiar herbs like dill, fennel, and parsley attract beneficial insects like ladybugs and, hopefully, bees.
They protect each other too! Tall sunflowers protect cucumbers from overexposure to the sun by casting shade. See the similarities between plants and humans yet?
What do we benefit from nature?
When the love for nature and gardening fuses, what you come up with is a healing garden!
A healing garden is all about positivity.
Access to nature promotes health through reduction in stress, depression, myopia, pain, fatigue, aggression, impulsivity, and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Cooper Marcus & Sachs, 2014; Kuo, 2015)
And where else do you get an unlimited supply of nature’s goodness? In your garden, tended and cultivated with love, patience, and appreciation for nature.
Healing gardens are also used in hospitals
Healing gardens are sometimes green spaces in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Their aim is simple. To improve health outcomes for hospital patients.
These gardens provide a place of refuge and promote healing in patients, families, and staff.
Humans are able to connect to nature through gardens because we are hardwired to love and find nature engrossing and soothing.
Love your garden, care for it, pay attention to everything it says and watch your own personal bit of nature find you in the privacy of your home.
Your own getaway right in your home.
If you are ready to begin your gardening journey, talk to us, we can help.